Literary enthusiasts in Kodiak can add to their writing toolboxes by attending a series of workshops and conversations sponsored by the 49 Alaska Writing Center on Sunday and Monday.
This is the first time the Anchorage-based writing center, which supports the development of Alaska writers, has hosted an event in Kodiak.
“We’ve been wanting for a while now to expand our services to rural areas, so the concept was to put together a literary weekend package that incorporates some of the things we regularly hold in Anchorage,” said Linda Ketchum, executive director of the center.
The event will kick off on Sunday with a workshop by Eva Saulitis, a writer from Homer. Saulitis has written three books of poetry and prose and has taught creative writing at University of Alaska Anchorage campuses. The workshop entitled “Hidden Alaska: Exploring Place at the Boundary Between Poetry and Prose” runs from 1-4 p.m.
Later that evening, Saulitis and local author Sara Loewen will hold a Crosscurrents conversation about “Where Mind Meets Heart: Turning Science into Art.” The conversation will be held from 7-8:30 p.m.
“Our Crosscurrent event is a series onstage that pairs a visiting writer of note who has a book just published with a local author and they have an onstage conversation around some particular aspect of writing,” Ketchum said. “Because we’re in Kodiak I thought of Sara Loewen, whose book has just come out. She knows Eva, so I knew there was a good rapport between them.”
Loewen released her book “Gaining Daylight: Life on Two Islands” in February. The book is a collection of essays that details her family’s life on a salmon setnet site each summer in Uyak Bay and the winter life of living and working in Kodiak.
On Monday, Saulitis will end the series with a workshop entitled “The Ghost in the Machine: What Poetry Taught Me about Writing Non-Fiction” from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“We really just want to give writers and people who love books an opportunity to benefit from some of the things we offer,” Ketchum said.
The timing of the event also fits in with Kodiak’s Whalefest event since Saulitis’ book “Into Great Silence: A Memoir of Discovery and Loss in the Realm of Vanishing Orcas” is about whales in Prince William Sound.
The workshops are funded by grants from the Alaska Humanities Forum. All events will be held at the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Center and are free to attend.
The writing workshops with Saulitis require preregistration. To register, go to http://49writingcenter.org/.
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